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New Mexico Mid-Century Modern Motels & Hotels

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Drifter Motel
Silver City, NM
The Drifter Motel was built in the mid-1960s. The building shown on the right houses the dining room and lounge. For more, see this website. [map]

Hotel Blue
Albuquerque, NM
The Hotel Blue was built as the Downtowner Motor Inn in 1965. Over the years, it was known as the Downtown Inn, the Downtowner Inn, a Quality Inn, and a Ramada Inn. In the 1990s, the motel was remodeled in an Art Deco style for the Hotel Blue. The mid-century modern canopies remain intact. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. [map]

Econo Lodge
Albuquerque, NM
This Econo Lodge appears to be from the 1960s. It was originally a Pan-Am Lodge. It has been an Econolodge since at least 2007. This photo is from 2012. By 2014, the roof had been painted red. For more, see this website. [map]

Motel Safari
Tucumcari, NM
2006: 2012:
The Motel Safari was supposedly built in 1959 as the Best Western Motel Safari. The balls on the sign poles were originally much larger. In 1962, the Best Western crown was removed from the sign and "Clyde" the camel was added. The motel must have been related to the Caravan Inn chain at some point. Identical signs with the camels were used at their locations in Phoenix, AZ; Anaheim, CA; Sacramento, CA; Bakersfield, CA; and elsewhere.

The motel was completely renovated in 2008. Many of the rooms have the original custom-built mid-century modern furniture. The sign panels below the camel have been replaced and the font has been changed. In 2008, there were plans to update the sign with neon but that never happened. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]